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Why I love being a nurse….

By Esme12 A long time ago I took care of a Class IV cardiac. For those of you who don't know what this is…a class IV cardiac patient are symptomatic at rest. They tolerate no activity. Today they are candidate for transplant. Then, they waited to die without the benefits of a portable VAD. Mr.... Read More


Failure is An Option; A New Grad Story

By elixRN Have you ever made a mistake so horrible you thought you just might not want to continue on the same path anymore? Well I have. This is a story about a big mistake I made, and about my very bumpy path towards getting the nursing job that I have today. "To err is human" means that we all make... Read More


Noro-virus Blues

By jadelpn There's a lot of dumb stuff nurses think and say. Especially when they get sick. It is oh so not funny at the time. However, looking back one wonders where the heck this stuff comes from. I could apparently do a movie on "When nurses think they are dying. Here's a look at one nurse's story of... Read More


When all else fails... assess your patient!

By Episteme Pity...our patients don't arrive on the clinical unit with their priority diagnoses imprinted on their foreheads. Sure would make our lives easier wouldn't it? Have you ever wondered why you struggle to come up with the right diagnoses, or why your care plans bleed red when returned by your... Read More


Those Kind of Tears That Make Your Throat Burn

By nursey246 Sometimes, you're not just caring for your patient. You're caring for their loved one. The person who has to make all of those terrible decisions. The one who has to be strong when all they have to give is gone. You're their nurse too. And sometimes they need you much, much more than your... Read More


An Introvert's Guide To Nursing

By SoldierNurse22 A Blast from the Past. The nurse's station bustled with activity. The dreary-looking night shift suddenly became animated as they gave report and bolted for the nearest door. Supervisors unlocked their offices, bed managers rounded, and charge nurses took up their seats at front desks all... Read More


To Hell and Back: Demons of ICU Past

By juan de la cruz The following is a dramatization of a condition that is seen among ICU survivors. Any similarities to real events and individual experiences are purely coincidental. The author aims to describe the condition, present research, and offer thoughts on nursing's important role in the context of the... Read More


Managing 24/7 Visitors

By Ruby Vee A brand new ICU patient, whether they are crashing with cardiogenic shock, fresh from the ER in septic shock or just back from the OR, is a busy patient. There are assessments to be done, labs to be drawn and body cavities to be accessed . . . IV, NG, Foley? Intraaortic balloon pump? Chest tubes?... Read More


Counterpulsation. What kind of counter is that?

By Esme12 Counterpulsation is life saving treatment for the sick and failing weak heart. The use of the intra-aortic balloon pump in the ICU on the critically ill patient has saved many lives. How does this work? Why does this work? Who thought of this crazy idea? Timing is everything but it isn't the... Read More


Haywire! Some Uncommon Causes of Status Epilepticus in Children

By NotReady4PrimeTime Seizures are not unusual in the pediatric population. But there are some uncommon causes of prolonged seizure activity that the PICU nurse might encounter at least once in a career. This article contains a brief overview of three such underlying disorders: Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, West syndrome and... Read More


From One Nursing Student to the Next

By ca21roberts Nursing school is no easy task, but there are a few ways to make it a little easier. For one, do what you love to reduce your stress. Two, studying is pointless if you do not learn how to apply it as well. Three, instructors are not as intimidating as you would think. Just keep your head up, push... Read More


It's finally happening! I'm becoming a... NURSE!

By ToyaB When you enter nursing school, you're going to be told that you'll need to develop critical thinking skills. You'll have to learn to think like a nurse. At first, it may seem impossible to put all of the pieces together and there are bound to be some embarrassing moments where you feel like a... Read More


To my preceptor

By bas22 As a brand new nurse, straight out of school and on a busy Med/Surg floor, I found out very quickly that the 'NCLEX world' and the 'real world' are two very different places- and that the journey to acclimation in my new world would be a long and difficult transition; especially in those first few... Read More


Time management tips for new critical care nurses

By nursey246 Transitioning into critical care is tough. Whether you're coming from the floor, are a new grad, or even from intermediate care, it can be quite difficult acclimating yourself to a point where you are an efficient and safe care provider. Here are some time management tips for you critical care... Read More


My NCLEX Story: Hurst, NCSBN, and LaCharity

By nwatson83 My NCLEX journey began for me a few days after completing my ADN program, March 10, 2014. I set my original test date for May 3, 2014, and after some advice, I decided to move my test date up to April 17, 2014. My main study sources were HURST Review, 15 week NCSBN Learning Ext Review program, and... Read More


How To Be A Great ICU Colleague

By Ruby Vee Welcome to the ICU. We're happy to have you here, and we know you want to be a great ICU nurse. That's going to take a long time, but you can be a great colleague in the mean time. When you encounter someone new -- or anyone, really -- smile, say hello and introduce yourself. Do this as... Read More


The Case For Job Hopping

By Ruby Vee For some, there's always a "reason" to look for a new job: your co-workers are mean, your schedule sucks, you weren't made to work night shift or a thousand other excuses. There is no perfect job, and the grass really isn't always greener. In fact, it almost never is. The secret to loving your job... Read More


Measles, Mumps, Rubella... Forgotten but NOT Gone

By NotReady4PrimeTime There is no decision more personal than whether or not to immunize one's children. Information regarding the safety and effectiveness of today's vaccines is readily available but is overshadowed by opinion and hyperbole offered up by celebrities and others. In light of significant recent outbreaks... Read More

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